Reading

Read our Reading Subject Rationale below:


Pupils at St Luke's School have access to a wide range of both fiction and non-fiction reading materials including several reading schemes so we can select the most appropriate for your child. Pupils are encouraged to use all our library areas as well as those at College and our local library in Redbourn. Children’s understanding of texts are monitored in order that they are reading a range of materials.

For pre-reading pupils, we use a range of activities to build up picture, symbol and then word processing skills. We teach reading skills through phonological awareness and phonics as well as through a whole word approach. Children are supported to develop a range of functional vocabulary, including food items, names, places and day-to-day curriculum areas and activities as well as the engagement in abstract concepts.

Why our approach to teaching reading is effective


  • We create meaningful, motivating and age-appropriate contexts and are particularly aware of pupils’ experience and comprehension levels. For example, we are aware of hyperlexia, and we may use personalised reading books.
  • We give children the opportunities to experience a range of symbols and texts for information and pleasure.
  • We reinforce the written word with symbols and photos and other communication aids such as PECS books and relevant software like Phonics Shark to build vocabulary in different contexts.
  • We present and refer to the written word across a range of contexts and environments. This helps your child to generalise their learning in reading.
  • We use real-life and functional situations to provide meaningful and motivating contexts for reading. For example, using instructions and, writing lists for aiding our memories

Reading for Comprehension

Reading for comprehension is the ultimate goal. However, before then our pupils need to be inspired to read and know that information and enjoyment can be gained from reading a range of texts.

Progress in Reading

Reading for pleasure and reading for information improves children's functional skills in writing too.